Alternative Protein Innovation Task Force

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Tyler Bohannon

Contact E-Mail

Tyler.Bohannon2@Illinois.gov

Function

The Alternative Protein Innovation Task Force is established for the purposes of investigating and studying alternative proteins to identify and evaluate possible opportunities that the protein innovation and the alternative protein industry offer in the State. The Task Force shall study and draft a report on how the State may best support the growing alternative protein industry in the State. The Task Force shall: (i) examine the potential economic development benefits and job creation potential of the plant-based protein, cultivated meat, and fermented protein industries in the State; (ii) identify the environmental impacts of alternative proteins and their supply chains; (iii) examine if alternative proteins can strengthen the State's food resilience; (iv) assess how alternative proteins may affect individual health, public health, and food security in the State; and (v) identify ways the State may foster the growth of the emerging alternative protein industry, including by reviewing past and present efforts made to support the broader biotech and life science industries.

Compensation

None

Composition

The Alternative Protein Innovation Task Force shall consist of the following members: (1) one member of the Senate, who shall be appointed by the President of the Senate and shall serve as co-chair of the Task Force; (2) one member of the Senate, who shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; (3) one member of the House of Representatives, who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and shall serve as co-chair of the Task Force; (4) one member of the House of Representatives, who shall be appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; (5) the Secretary of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or the Secretary's designee; (6) the Director of Agriculture or the Director's designee; (7) 5 members who are appointed by the Director of Agriculture. Of the members appointed by the Director of Agriculture, 3 members shall be commercial producers of agricultural commodities, of which one member shall be from the largest statewide agricultural association; and 2 members shall be representatives from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences engaged in nutritional research; and (8) 6 members who are appointed by the Governor. Of the members appointed by the Governor, 2 members shall be engaged in academic or scientific research on alternative protein development at a State college or university; one member shall be a representative of a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and accessibility of alternative proteins; one member shall be a representative of the State's agricultural biotechnology industry; one member shall be the president of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization or the organization's designee; and one member shall be a representative from a multinational food processing and manufacturing corporation headquartered in this State.

Chair

Co-Chairs appointed by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House

Authority

Public Act 103-0543


Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Hunter, Sen. Mattie 03/18/2024 President of the Senate Co-Chair Senator
Lewis, Sen. Seth 09/08/2023 Minority Leader of the Senate Member Senator
Canty, Mary Beth 08/22/2023 Speaker of the House of Representatives Co-Chair Representative
Fritts, Rep. Brad 10/03/2023 Minority Leader of the House Member Representative
Vacant Statute Member Secretary of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or the Secretary's designee
Vacant Statute Member Director of Agriculture or the Director's designee
Bunting, Tasha 12/04/2023 Director of Agriculture Member Commercial producer of agricultural commodities
Tirey, Jennifer 12/04/2023 Director of Agriculture Member Commercial producer of agricultural commodities
St. Peters, Josh 12/04/2023 Director of Agriculture Member Commercial producer of agricultural commodities
Helfrich, Dr. William 12/04/2023 Director of Agriculture Member Representative from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Erdogan, Dr. Zeynep Madak 12/04/2023 Director of Agriculture Member Representative from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Conerty, Beth 11/17/2023 Governor Member Engaged in academic or scientific research on alternative protein development at a State college or university Champaign
Gonzalez Flores, Luzmaria Elvira 12/01/2023 Governor Member Engaged in academic or scientific research on alternative protein development at a State college or university Piatt
Sheyman, Ilya 11/17/2023 Governor Member Representative of a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development and accessibility of alternative proteins Cook
Pattison, John 11/17/2023 Governor Member Representative of the State's agricultural biotechnology industry DuPage
Conrad, John 11/17/2023 Governor Member President of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization or the organization's designee DuPage
Fish, Allyson Amick 11/17/2023 Governor Member Representative from a multinational food processing and manufacturing corporation headquartered in this State Cook